by Trish Adams | May 20, 2014 | Giveaways, Nutrition
Mamma Chia, a conscious and sustainable company with a mission to share the magic of chia through delicious, high quality, organic chia-based foods and beverages, is unveiling several highly anticipated new products this spring, including two new Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack flavors – Mango Coconut and Wild Raspberry. They were kind enough to send an awesome package of goodies for the team to review.
I recently tried several of the Mamma Chia Vitality Beverages, and was pleasantly surprised! This is definitely not your typical beverage. It’s not thin and watery, but instead is thick yet refreshing, with a pleasant jelly-like texture from the chia seeds. Upon first glance, I was surprised at how the seeds were perfectly (and beautifully) suspended throughout the bottle and had not settled down at the bottom like I was expecting. They come in a wide variety of flavors, but my favorite to date is the Coconut Mango (but all the ones I have tried are amazing!) They are all organic, lightly sweetened with agave nectar, and are packed with an entire day’s worth of Omega-3s (2,500 milligrams), 25% of your daily fiber requirement, 4 grams of complete protein, and 95 milligrams of calcium, plus loads of antioxidants and minerals. All this, and only 120 calories a bottle! I found them to be quite filling (probably from all that fiber) and are the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up! Take a walk on the wild side and give them a try – you won’t be disappointed!
I tried Mamma Chia, Wild Raspberry Chia Squeeze vitality snack for the first time. I love the packaging. Its in a 3.5 oz squeeze package with a good size opening for drinking. It reminded me of gelatin, only in a more liquid form. I liked the over all flavor. I did not like that the seeds were not a little more blended into the drink because the seeds kept getting stuck in my teeth. I drank it at room temperature, I may have like it even more if it had been refrigerated. I love the fact that it has so many nutrients, especially the 1200mg of Omega-3s. It is definitely “Great for the body”! I think it is definitely a must try!
I received the Coconut Mango flavor of Chia Squeeze. It had a refreshing tropical flavor which even my picky eater kids enjoyed! I love the health benefits of chia seeds, and while I'm not someone who usually uses pouches, I sure can appreciate the convenience of these tasty pouches. They would be a great source of carbs prior to or during an intense weight training session, and make a great snack that I feel great about giving to my five kiddos.
On the way out the door for my girls' track meet I remembered the Berry Bliss squeeze pouch sitting in the fridge and grabbed it. If you've been to a track meet before then you know it is an all day affair and this was the perfect size snack to slip into my bag for later that day. Having tried Mamma's vitality drink in the past, I knew I'd be in for a treat as well as get in some good nutrients – the pouch contained 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein and a fair amount of Omega-3 at 70 calories. Not bad. In case you're not familiar with the benefits of chia seeds, they are tiny little seeds that are a fiber power house! They are rich in antioxidants and the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid, ALA (alpha-linoleic acid) which is great for the heart and brain.
As an on-the-go snack, these pouches are great! I enjoyed mine chilled and it was super refreshing and very flavorful . I usually train early in the morning before the sun is up and need to keep my pre-workout fairly light. The squeeze would likely be a good option as a pre-workout as well and would also be great to pack in the kiddos lunch boxes.
The fab folks at Mamma Chia have offered one EM2WL reader this SWEET package filled with goodies. The lucky winner will receive:
- One full bag each of Mamma Chia’s NEW black and white chia seeds
- One week’s supply of Mamma Chia products – 7 Chia Squeezes (varied flavors) and 7 beverage vouchers
- Chia Vitality – Authored by Janie Hoffman, Mamma Chia founder and chief executive officer
Total retail value: $75
To enter: Vets, let's hear how EM2WL has impacted your life. Have you been inspired to get your lift on and squash fears of becoming a she-hulk? Maybe you have been set free from VLCD prison? Newbies tell us how you hope your life will change following an EM2WL lifestyle. Still on the fence with EM2WL? Tell us what's holding you back. That's it! Random winner will be selected on 5/22 at 12pm EST.
by EM2WL | May 12, 2013 | Giveaways
Happy Mother's Day to all of the EM2WL Mommies!! We hope you all have a blessed day with your families, and enjoy any eats that they choose to pamper you with.
As promised, we've also selected a random winner for our giveaway, the $25 Amazon Gift Card:
We will be contacting you with the details, Emily, and getting that sent to you right away!
Congrats, and enjoy!
by EM2WL | May 6, 2013 | Giveaways
I love my Mommy!
It's almost Mother's Day, and we want to spread a little love to the Mommy's in the fam. So this weekend, we'll be giving away another Amazon gift card!
Gift Card for $25 redeemable at Amazon.com
Have a few things in your cart, but you've been hesitating to click “buy?” Have at it. Been wanting to grab a few items, but waiting until you had enough to get the free “Super Saver Shipping?” Here ya go! If you need some help picking out items (really?!) just check out the site store where we've listed our Amazon faves!
How to enter:
Just drop us a line in the comments section below, tell us why your mom rocks!
Let us know: What do you love/remember most about your Mom?
Mom's rule, but we often don't realize it until we move away from home, or they are gone. (I know I, personally, was devastated when I had to move 2000 miles away from mine, and I still cry every time I leave her!)
What makes/made your mom the best ever? What do YOU love most about being a mom?
Random winner will be chosen May 10, 2013 at 11:59pm EST, and announced on May 11, 2013. Be sure that your comment is linked to a working email address, so that you can be contacted if you are chosen. We will not use your email for any other purpose, but if we cannot contact you, another winner will be chosen.
Momma's boy ;)
by EM2WL | Feb 14, 2013 | Giveaways, Testimonials
Wow! The NSVs that were submitted, in the comments section and behind the scenes, blew.us.AWAY. Seriously, we wanted to pick several – you guys were bringing tears to our eyes! We pray that y'all will continue to look for all the little victories along the way, and not give the scale ultimate dictation over your successes. When you focus on fueling properly, staying active, and simply LIVING…the rest WILL fall into place.
We would also like to congratulate the winner of the Amazon gift card giveaway:
“All my life have struggled with weight issues. Going back to high school when I starved my 5'6″ body down to 90 lbs because my stepfather told me I was looking chubby at 135 lbs. My mom constantly struggled with her weight always resorting to severe calorie restriction to get the results she wanted.
So, as I got older, had my own children (two daughters and a son), I knew that I did not want to pass on to my daughter's the warped body image and relationship with food. I just didn't know that a normal relationship was possible. You turn on the TV look in magazines and they are all telling us that there is some pill, program or trick to get the weight off.
Last March I started on MFP and followed what their recommendations were. The first few months I lost but then come summer time my weight-loss slowed. This is even with cutting my cals every time I lost 10 lbs like MFP suggests to do. I was getting frustrated because I was hungry all the time, losing energy, workouts were getting harder because I had no energy.
By the first of September I had enough. I upped my cals by over 200 and the weight began to come off again. My workouts were re-energized. I started the Supreme 90 program the end of October and was rocking it.
For the first time I am not afraid of food. I don't feel guilty for splurging. And the best part?
My NSV. My three kids and I went to a local state park to hike the trails. After hiking for about 2 1/2 hours my four year old became tired. I put him on my back and continued to hike the mile back out of the woods, up and down hills over creek beds and such. My eight year old daughter turns around and watches me climb a hill and says “Wow, Mom! You're really strong. You're like Superwoman, or something!”
That is Victory.“
Cindy, you really are setting the example for the next generation, just as you hoped. Happy Valentine's Day, Superwoman! We will be contacting you with the details, and you'll be shopping in no time!
by EM2WL | Feb 9, 2013 | Giveaways
Tell us your NSV, for a chance to win a gift card!
It's almost Valentine's Day, and we want to spread a little love to the fam. So this Thursday, we'll be giving away an Amazon gift card!
Gift Card for $25 redeemable at Amazon.com
The fam has spoken! When asked via poll (Cathe, Amazon, or Restaurant), the verdict was almost unanimous for an Amazon gift card to be the next giveaway. Have a few things in your cart, but you've been hesitating to click “buy?” Have at it. Been wanting to grab a few items, but waiting until you had enough to get the free “Super Saver Shipping?” Here ya go! If you need some help picking out items (really?!) just check out the site store where we've listed our Amazon faves!
How to enter:
Just drop us a line in the comments section below, provide a link to your blog, forum post, etc., or submit a story with pics to Success@EM2WL.com.
Let us know: What is your greatest NSV (Non-Scale Victory) from eating more?
Let's admit, we all begin this journey with the intention of losing weight. After all, the site is even called Eat More 2 WEIGH Less! Deep down, we've all wanted to (or still want!) that scale to cooperate. Despite this innate craving for scale loss, so many of us end up finding ourselves, and somewhere along the way, the journey becomes about SO much more than just weight loss. We want to know what NSVs you've had as your journey continues to unfold.
We feel nothing more than overwhelming sadness when we mention Success Stories and hear someone declare “I'm not a success yet.” Whether you've been living this lifestyle for days, months, or even years, you ARE a success, simply because you are on the right path. We encourage, everyone, no matter what stage of the journey to constantly look for these measures of success, rather than allowing a number on the scale to dictate your worth. That is what our Journey section is all about. Following REAL people, in REAL time, and seeing all the little successes along the way. This journey is not just about becoming a before/after picture, but becoming a better/healthier person (mother, wife, father, husband, friend, child, sibling, etc.. )
Already thought of something? Drop us a line right now, or share your success (written elsewhere) with us an any of the ways mentioned above.
Winner will be chosen Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:59pm EST, and announced on Feb. 14, 2013. Be sure that your comment is linked to a working email address, so that you can be contacted if you are chosen. We will not use your email for any other purpose, but if we cannot contact you, another winner will be chosen.
*Any comment/story submission may appear on the site, but only one will be selected for the gift card. By submitting your NSV you are permitting EM2WL to post as inspiration for all to see.
by EM2WL | Jan 15, 2013 | Giveaways
We enjoyed hearing how everyone is (or isn't) tackling their New Year's resolutions in 2013! We would also like to congratulate the winner of our giveaway, the Supreme 90-Day workout DVD set:
Brenda, you will soon receive your new workout program and be able to confidently move forward with your strength/fitness goals for 2013. Stick with your strength training and watch your body completely transform. With the next 90 days to kick things off, there should be no stopping you! We hope you have those dumbbells on standby!
We will be contacting you with the details, Brenda, and getting that set to you right away!
Congrats again, & be sure to take before PICS. We'd love to see your results!